Fall Break Practice


Posted by debrac | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 09/20/2017

Dear Families,

Happy Fall Break! I hope everyone will be able to enjoy some down town next week! When we return after the break, I will be assessing all of our standards because the quarter ends on Friday, October 6. Since nine days is a LONG time for first graders, I’m attaching a few items that hopefully will help our firsties hang on to their learning over the break.  J

Have fun! See you soon!


We don’t need to work on ALL words every time! Take one list at a time and try some of the activities on the attached sight word practice page.


Standards: Students will identify and locate his/her city, county, state, nation (country), and continent on a simple map or a globe. ALSO……Locates and Identify continents, oceans, and landforms.

Our morning routine has included practice with these standards for several weeks now – so challenging! We use matching cards for the more local stuff, and two videos for continent & ocean practice. Here are the links to 2 videos that help us with continents and oceans. So fun!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCW-dJyBrog



Counting: Randomly pick a number less than 100, and have your child begin counting THERE, up to 120. When they get to the 100’s, be sure they don’t add the word “and”….example: 108 is one hundred eight (not one hundred AND eight). This will matter when they are in upper grades! (This has also been a part of our morning routine….)

Adding: Students need to KNOW addition and subtraction facts up to 10. It’s o.k. to use fingers for counting if needed, but our ultimate goal is understanding from MEMORY. (It is a process! J) Here is a FAST but fun song for practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpoFxwKBwE8


Standard: Write about a REAL EVENT using recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words (such as FIRST, NEXT, THEN, LAST or FINALLY) to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

-print all upper and lower case letters

-print with appropriate spacing between words and sentences

-use end punctuation for sentences

-spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions

Please refer to the poster I sent home for proper letter formation. Written letters must be AUTOMATIC and formed properly so the students can focus on their thoughts, not laboring over letter formation. Most of our students need a GREAT DEAL of practice with proper letter formation.

September – already!


Posted by debrac | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 09/06/2017

Homework begins this month!  Please refer to the example sent home, and encourage students to use ALL of each page, front and back.  Leave the pages attached in the spiral notebook and turn in on Friday.  I will look at the work and return the spiral notebooks on Monday.



Posted by debrac | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 08/10/2017

Hello to all new first graders and families!  This new website is a work in progress, so check back often!  I do have pages (above) with helpful and fun links.  These pages will be a resource for homework calendar (beginning in September) and newsletters in the future.



Posted by debrac | Posted in Uncategorised | Posted on 07/24/2017

I look forward to meeting everyone this Thursday at Meet and Greet!  Check the school website for more important dates coming up!

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